People often speak about the outcomes of justice as if true justice can be judged on the results that come from the opinions and actions of created beings. The original outcome of true justice was death — “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” God told Adam that the outcome (result) of disobeying His command would be Adam’s death.
Death is more than separation from physical life. It is also separation from spiritual life and the God of life. Was God just and right in telling Adam that disobeying Him would lead to his physical and spiritual separation (death)? Of course He was. God is perfect and all His ways are just. He is a God of truth and without injustice.
However, and this is an important however, even as God delivered judicial punishment to our first parents for disobeying His command, He also gave them a gracious promise. I say gracious because they didn’t deserve what He promised them.
God promised that the Seed of the woman would bruise (destroy) the head of the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the serpent would bruise the heel of the Seed of the woman. We know that to be the first prophecy about the atoning death of God’s Son on the Cross.
God did something that was both just and loving. That’s the outcome of true justice.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.